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Pushing the boat out in praise of Bateaux London

Thames restaurant cruise company, Bateaux London, at Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, has once again been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016, after receiving consistently outstanding reviews on the travel website.

And the cruises it runs on its two vessels; Harmony and Symphony, have propelled it to 88th position in a list of 1370 things to do in London – a rise of six per cent on last year’s placing – and its rating has risen to 4.5 stars.

Throughout the year, Harmony – which has the largest open viewing deck on the Thames - and glass-sided Symphony, treat leisure and corporate guests to lunch, dinner and afternoon tea cruises, with on board catering from Bateaux London’s team of chefs.

Among the comments made by customers were: “We had a wonderful time, the staff were so welcoming and really looked after us and the food was excellent.”

Another visitor posted: “what an amazing way to spend our first anniversary!” while Ian Bullivant, from Grimsby, said: “If you are going to visit London, please, please, put Bateaux on the top of your must list. I guarantee you will not regret it. On behalf of my wife and I, many, many, thanks Bateaux cruises.”

On Sundays, those on-board can enjoy lunch along with live entertainment from an easy-listening jazz band, with one passenger commenting, “We had a wonderful time, the staff were so welcoming and really looked after us, the food was excellent and the jazz band was the icing on the cake.”

The various cruises provide a range of entertainment, from on-board sightseeing commentaries to live music and the chance to enjoy unrivalled views of sights such as The Cutty Sark, the New Globe Theatre, The Shard and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Gareth Brown, marketing manager for Bateaux London, said: “We like to think our cruises are a little bit special as they not only offer unrivalled views of some of the city’s most famous landmarks, but also great food, cooked freshly on board and live entertainment from professional singers and musicians, many of whom perform regularly at the West End.

“But it’s what our passengers think that matters – and we are touched and very grateful that so many of them have taken the trouble to post such great reviews on TripAdvisor.”

Prices start at £32 per adult for an Afternoon Tea on the River and a flight on the London Eye can be incorporated into any cruise for an additional charge.

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